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  Local Interest
    racking up to become the most memora- ble year of the 21st century thus far. Unfortunately, our country as we
to act as a commercial anchor. We look forward to this new endeavor soon.
know it came to a screeching halt
in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Calhoun County, as well as Michigan and in states across the country, we are still feeling the lasting effects of the pandemic. Sadly, we have lost lives. However, I am optimistic that with staying healthy, using the appropri- ate protective gear, social distancing, and washing hands, we will make it through this pandemic together.
Battle Dog plans to redevelop a vacant historic building and adjacent surface parking lot in downtown Battle Creek into a restaurant with onsite brew- ing and distilling and a seasonal outdoor beer garden.
Earlier this year, I was pleased that I sponsored signed legislation to help sup- port children in foster care or those who are entering foster care. The new law fo- cuses on the placement of foster children with families in the community. Recent changes to federal law will restrict the state’s access to federal funds unless certain new guidelines are followed.
Prior to March, on any given day you
The project is expected to result in
a total capital investment of more than $4 million. Local support for the project includes a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act tax abatement with an estimated value of $995,000, as well as a $265,000 Real Estate Connection grant
The best thing we can do for kids is keep them in strong families. This legis- lation will encourage the state to support healthy, loving family relationships and high-quality foster facilities that truly care for children.
If you think 2020 has been the type of year that you cannot quite put into words, hang on to your seat because we have six more months of what is
could find glimmers of economic devel- opment projects across Calhoun County. One such project was the announcement in January that Battle Dog, LLC has been awarded a $968,500 Michigan Com- munity Revitalization Program perfor- mance-based grant.
and a $250,000 development grant from Battle Creek Unlimited.
2020: Looking Back – Looking Ahead
This grant is going to benefit not only Battle Dog but downtown Battle Creek as well, and I am excited for the growth and revitalization of the city.
One goal of these grants is to attract talent by transforming underutilized properties into vibrant areas. This project will do that as well as meet local objec- tives by bringing a well-known brewery and restaurant enterprise into the city
In May, my colleagues in the Mich- igan Senate approved my sponsored bill to create a new category of medical licensure to help smaller pharmacies secure needed medication. Senate
Bill 630 would create the wholesale distributor-broker license to enable the purchase, trade, or delivery of a drug or device between pharmacies.
This new license would allow pharmacies to conduct business directly with each other to fill a prescription for specific patients. SB 630 now heads to the Michigan House for further consid- eration.
Looking ahead to the second half of 2020, the Michigan Legislature has some tough decisions ahead with appropriating the state budget. Millions and millions
of dollars have been allocated to fighting COVID-19, and we are going to be faced with having to make up the difference from elsewhere in the budget. We are facing having to make $2.6 billion in adjustments to the state’s nearly $60 billion budget.
Look for budget negotiations to continue throughout the year, even as we are coming up on election season. Please contact my office for additional information. Also, stay tuned on social media and my newsletters for the latest information on state government.

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